There's Douchebaggery Afoot in NC
Oh, Patty… Didn’t you have enough on your plate without adding to your own misery? The current Governor of my home state, North Carolina, has found himself drowning in hot water lately. You all know I have no love for the man but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity…
First, he had a run in with a cook at a high end grocery store in Charlotte. Words were exchanged, possibly a middle finger was flipped and the cook was ultimately fired. I’m guessing his approval rating took a nose dive after word of this incident was picked up by the media because he issued a letter to the press trying to set the record straight. I wasn’t there so I’m not about to defend what the cook did, but I can tell you after having served Old Patty Boy several times in the past, I certainly understand.
He’s no Prince Charming…
Second, his choice to appoint John Skvarla III as the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is biting him in the ass. Let’s forget that the guy has been quoted saying there are “many different scientific opinions” about oil being an infinite resource. ( Um, no there aren’t, John.) Forget that his argument is directly linked to a Creationist’s theory about the Earth only being 6,000 years old and fossil fuels are a myth. Forget he has publicly stated that under his watch all regulations for North Carolina will be grounded in science. (Which is a bold statement considering science hasn’t been taught in NC schools since the early 70’s.) Hell, I’ll even forget that he looks like he escaped from the cast of “Honey Boo Boo” where he played “Unkle Johnny” whose sole talent was having his neck devour his face:
What I can’t forget is the lack of regulations he imposed on Duke Energy for their coal ash ponds when the surrounding states (SC and VA) hit them with pretty stiff fines for neglect and threats to the environment. On Super Bowl Sunday, one of the neglected ponds in NC spilled into the Dan River causing the worst environmental disaster in the State’s history. The spill spanned 70 miles and contaminated the principle water supply for thousands of people. What’s unclear is Skvarla’s non action in this case was a product of his own incompetence or was he simply turning a blind eye to their behavior because his boss was once a high level executive for Duke Energy? Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yeah, ol’ Patty had a nice cushy job with Duke Energy for nearly thirty years and yet the only state that didn’t fine Duke Energy was the state he’s currently the Governor of… Coincidence? Maybe……maybe not. The Feds seem to be leaning towards not. They’ve issued 20 subpoenas to the Environmental Regulator’s office demanding documents about communications and possible payments and gifts. Of course, Patty is denying any wrong doing where Duke Energy is concerned and is suddenly going all hard assed on his stance with regard to coal ash ponds impact on his state’s environment when he didn’t have a stance 3 weeks ago.
And while all of this chaos was enfolding, Patty’s luck got even worse when Rachel Maddow recently picked up the coal ash story and has been running with it nearly every night on her show on MSNBC. (Her breakdown of how they got the spill to stop by accidentally clogging the pipe with the remains of a broken platform they built to access the pipe that then collapsed on top of it, was comedy gold). Before Rachel got a hold of this story, there was a chance Patty could come out of this mess unscathed. Now that she’s got the story, I believe his days are numbered and I can’t help thinking there’s a little bit of karma at play here…It makes me sad, though, to think that the fate of my home state and my people is left to these *ssholes who are wannabe celebrities only interested in how much money they can make during their 15 min of fame. Why can’t my North Carolina peeps find a decent, hard working, normal person to represent them?
Oh, f*ck me. Nevermind….